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Jul
24

Product Introduction of GT Works3 1.196 English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to announce the release of GT Works3 1.196 in English for the Melsoft family.
The new software package substitutes the existing version 1.190.

All ‘MyMitsubishi’ users that registered their GT Works or iQ Works English version received
a message informing them about this new release.

The software is available on the common platform:
https://eu3a.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/en/mymitsubishi/download_manager?id=13098

Main new features of GT Works3 1.196:

· Support of GT2507T-WTSD Rugged model
· Support of GT2505HS-VTBD Handy type model

· Servo amplifier graph function
• Reading out servo amplifier waveform data without a PC
• Displaying waveform data in parallel on the GOT
• Remote information acquisition and tentative diagnosis

· Script parts
• Batch utilization of scripts and objects with script parts object
• Addition of script parts temporary work (PTMP)
• Addition of script parts symbol

· Comment function expanded
• Displaying comments from a text file on an SD card

· GOT Mobile function expanded
• Improved operability of file manager function screen
• Addition of GOT internal devices for file manager function

· MES Interface function expanded
• “Delete” has been added to communication actions
• Unicode string now supported
• New databases supported: My SQL + PostgreSQL
• Import / Export of MES interface settings supported

· Inverter connection expanded
• Connection via PLC
• Direct connection

Operation Environment:
· PC-AT compatible personal computer
· Microsoft Windows 2000, XP SP2 or later, Vista, Windows 7 / 8 / 10
· 1GB RAM or more recommended
· 1.5GB hard disk space or more recommended
· Resolution XGA (1024×768 dots) or more

Order information:
Article No. Description
GT Works3 V01-2L0C-E 234645 HMI Programming-S/W for GOT1000+SoftGOT1000;engl;DVD;2 PC´s
GT Works3 V01-5L0C-E 234646 HMI Programming-S/W for GOT1000+SoftGOT1000;engl;DVD;5 PC´s
GT Works3 V01-2L0C-EUPGRADE
234647 HMI Programming-S/W for GOT1000+SoftGOT1000;engl;DVD;2 PC´s;Upgrade
GT Works3 V01-5L0C-EUPGRADE
234648 HMI Programming-S/W for GOT1000+SoftGOT1000;engl;DVD;5 PC´s;Upgrade

 

 

 

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Jul
24

Technical Tip – Mitsubishi FA Goods Product Selection Tool

 

So, you have finally managed to select the appropriate iQ-R output module for your application, but realise that it has a 40-pin connector on the front-face as opposed to the usual screw terminals.  So what do you do?

Do not worry, as the ‘FA Goods Product Selection Tool’ will take away endless amounts of time looking through catalogues, manuals and pin configurations.

This easy-to-use tool can be used to select the recommended Mitsubishi terminal blocks and cables for all of the Modular PLC’s in the Mitsubishi range, from A-Series up to the latest iQ-R offering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to save the link below into your web-browser, and refer to it whenever you need it.

 

 

 

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Jun
06

Phoenix Contact – I/O Systems

 

 

Professional automation for your system: I/O systems from Phoenix Contact are the ideal solution for data transfer at input and output level. Whether in the field, in a control cabinet, as a customizable modular system or with a block design. Whichever network or protocol you prefer – we have the right I/Os for you.

Your advantages

  • Versatile use, thanks to international approvals, wide range of functions, and network openness
  • High system availability and increased productivity, thanks to very reliable products
  • More future-proof, thanks to the use of innovative technologies

I/O systems for every application


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More choice: I/O devices from Phoenix Contact for every applications

 

You will find the perfect I/O devices for signal acquisition in Phoenix Contact’s extensive I/O product range.

Proven technology provides the basis for innovative products with useful features – continuous improvements are achieved through close customer contact and forward-looking developments.

 

  • Choose from an extensive range of I/O modules and I/O terminals for the control cabinet – including for very fast data communication.
  • I/O devices that support modular extension and have a high degree of functionality can be used in the field or particularly robust devices with a block design can be used for harsh industrial environments.
  • Implement safety applications with our PROFIsafe modules or with no safety controller at all using SafetyBridge Technology.
  • Clever connection technologies, such as Push-in Technology or SPEEDCON fast locking system, enable convenient and time-saving wiring.
  • Our IO-Link/analog converters and the IO-Link masters also provide a high degree of flexibility in the field and can be used to implement analog communication without any shielded cables.

 

For more detailed information on Phoenix’s I/O System products, please see the links below:

 

The video below may also be of interest to you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May
08

Technical Tip – Inverter analogue control with STF Start Command

 

Mitsubishi Inverter analogue control with STF Start Command

 

 

 

Here is a technical setup tip for a Mitsubishi FR-D700  series Inverter with an analogue control signal, whether its from PLC or a Potentiometer. In this example a 4-20mA signal is used and you can use this method through out the FR series range of Inverters manufactured by Mitsubishi.

CLICK HERE for your Technical Tip in PDF

 

 

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Apr
26

MHz or Megabits? Understanding the requirements of Industrial Ethernet cables with LUTZE UK.

In today’s industrial automation systems, Ethernet plays a major part. The network relies on data being passed through the system at high rates to underpin the performance of the network.

The digital performance of a network is subject to the active devices within the network, such as switches and controllers. However it is the passive devices such as cable and connectors which can ultimately determine a networks performance.

The frequency performance of a component dictates its performance. Let us take Cat 5 cable as an example. Cat 5 cable is specified for operating frequencies up to 100MHz. However the cable is suitable for 100MBIT applications using two pairs and gigabit applications (1,000MBIT) using a 4 pair cable in association with the correct connector.

It is easy to confuse MHz performance with the MEGABIT.

Class                                                       Frequency                Data Rate Capability
Range                     100Mbit                   1GBIT

Cat 5/5e                     100MHz                   2 Pair                       4 Pair

Cat 6                          350MHz                   ✔                             ✔

Cat 6A                       500MHz                   ✔                             ✔

 

Clearly cables of a higher category (Class) meet all the transmission characteristics of the lower classes, they therefore provide additional performance margin in a given application.

 

 

 

Conductor Size  Stranded Ethernet cable does not have the same performance characteristics as solid conductor. This must be remembered when distance is a factor. Ethernet conductors are typically 26AWG and 24AWG, and it is always best to use the largest size when requiring high data rates over long distance. The Profinet standard saw 22AWG cables being introduced, with this wire size there is significant transmission performance advantage over 26AWG and 24AWG, full 100m segment length can be achieved with stranded or solid cable types. Three types have been defined within the Profinet standard (see table below). Care must be taken to select the correct RJ45 connector when using 22AWG cables as many are not compatible with the increased wire size and the larger o/d of Profinet cables.

 

Power Over Ethernet  Spare conductors in an Ethernet cable can be used to provide power to Ethernet devices. Clearly, wire size is important in the calculation of voltage drop in POE applications, and is important to bear in mind in cable selection.

 

Cable Selection  The industrial environment requires suitable cables which have far more robust constructions than those used in office environments. Materials such as PUR are often used to provide mineral oil resistance, high abrasion resistance and are halogen free.

Ethernet cables are available with solid conductors which are only suitable for static applications.

Stranded conductors typically 7 strand for flexible use.  Highly stranded, typically 19 strands for continuous movement e.g drag chain applications.

 

 

For help with selecting the right Ethernet Cable for your machine environment, in conjunction with LUTZE UK, we have created an easy-to-follow selection guide.  Please click here…

And for further detailed information about Ethernet Connectivity, please download Lutze’s Ethernet Connectivity guide

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb
23

SICK Next-Generation Photoelectric Sensors Pilot the Future of Sensing

 

 

Launched in a global release today, SICK’s next-generation W16 and W26 sensors with “BluePilot” alignment are at the helm of a streamlined portfolio of photoelectric sensors, radically-upgraded to optimise ease-of-use with complete object detection reliability.

The W16 and W26 proximity, reflex and through-beam laser sensors are manufactured at a purpose-built, fully-automated production facility in southern Germany.  They mark the culmination of a two-year, €multi-million research and development project involving extensive consultation with SICK customers worldwide.

“When we asked our customers what was most important for future development of photoelectric object detection, they put usability top of the list; they already expected our sensors to be robust, 100% reliable and always available,” says David Hannaby, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Presence Detection.

“So, we set out on a journey to achieve the best of all worlds in one family. We developed the new operating technologies our customers wanted, as well as bringing together all of SICK’s leading optical sensing capabilities to produce a consistent high-flier.”

For usability, the W16 and W26 sensors are launched with SICK’s new BluePilot assistant, which features a line of five LEDs mounted on top of the sensor for quick, easy and accurate alignment of the light spot even over long distances.  The BluePilot combines a potentiometer and teach-in button to simplify set up, range assessment and application mode selection, and provides a real-time on-sensor status display.

Manufactured in new robotic production facility to ensure consistent plug-and-play alignment of every device, SICK W16 and W26 sensors bring together the best of SICK’s optical sensing technologies to meet any detection challenge:

 

  • SICK’s patented Twin-Eye technology achieves reliable detection for reflective materials such as films, foils, contrast-rich or uneven surfaces. The Twin-Eye’s unique second receiving channel builds in high process stability reducing the risk of false or missed signals due to deflections of the light beam.
  • SICK has incorporated LineSpot linear optics to provide highly-reliable detection where the object has mesh, perforations, integral gaps or breaks.
  • SICK ClearSens optical filter technology makes light work of semi-transparent and transparent objects, such as bottles and plastic trays. Intuitive mode selection on the device make it easy to set up the sensor according to the characteristics of object to be detected.
  • With SICK’s revolutionary OptoFilter technology onboard, the sensors are immune to interference from unwanted light sources and reflections, including LED lighting, hi-viz safety workwear or reflections from machinery.
  • SICK’s AutoAdapt function means if the reflector or the front screen of the sensor becomes contaminated, the photoelectric sensor automatically adjusts its switching thresholds for reliable detection.

 

An industry-first in-built Bluetooth option allows easy monitoring and advanced commissioning from smart phones or tablets.Smart IO-Link two-way communication is standard on all devices to enable easy set up and parameter cloning of replacement sensors, addressability and diagnostic functions, as well as opportunity to incorporate sensor-level smart tasks such as counting and time measurement.

Every W16 and W26 comes in a robust Vistal housing to withstand all chemical, thermal and mechanical environmental conditions as well shocks and vibrations.  The casing is laser-etched with all product identification so that the sensor remains easily identifiable even after years of service.  A 2D barcode enables easy identification and access to product manuals via mobile phone.

For more information on SICK’s W16 and W26 sensors please click here…

You can also contact the CDL sales team on: 0116 2339555

 

 

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Feb
21

Lutze VSD Cables

 

 

Have you ever thought about the effects of using just standard cabling for your VSD applications?

Cables are often an afterthought in the planning process but represents actually a very important component in the whole application.

Variable Frequency Drive applications can cause unique electrical issues that are unlike other standard power transmission in machine applications. There are higher demands on the cable connecting the motor to the drive.  Standard multi-conductor cables rated for 500V will most likely not meet the requirements of VSD applications, and can cause operating malfunctions and early failures.

 

Advantages of Lutze Drive Cables

  • Cable is 10-15% lighter than other products – this helps with cable installation.
  • Smaller bend radius means the cable is easier to route and terminate.
  • Low capacitance of the cable aids compliance with EN 50598 as cable losses are reduced.
  • Low capacitance, concentric earth system and effective shielding allows longer
    cable runs in drive applications.
  • Voltages withstand gives protection against transients produced by VSDs
  • Low screen DC resistance affording protection agianst AC harmonics.

 

So for any of your VSD applications, look no further than Lutze, the cable specialists who can offer you the correct cables for the right applications! For further information please click here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr
13

CDL brings Mechatronics to the MTC in Coventry

 

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Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electronics and Control Systems and despite being around for more than 50 Years, today we are seeing a real time need to connect Industry. To ensure that we continue to move with current industry trends CDL has brought together a few of their strongest Manufacturers at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry where they were able to  showcase new products and integrated solutions that combined, strenghtens their systems with Industry 4.0 and The Internet of Things placing them firmly at the front of their mind.

The Mechatronics workshop was centered around the Mitsubishi Automation Platform, and supported by key manufacturers such as SMC, SICK and SMAC. Each manufacturer presented live presentations of their showcased lineup and performed in-house product demonstrations along with Q&A session at the end of each section.

Manufacturers Product line ups included:

Mitsubishi: IQF & IQR Simple Motion and Robot,A800 GOT Integration, Smart Condition.Monitoring & Guided Operator Solutions.

SMC: Electric Actuators & Grippers.

SMAC: Precision Electric Actuators and the famous SMAC actuator hand

SICK: Inspection/Vision cameras and Scanners.
In addition to the live presentations an open exhibition area was available, where attendees could discuss individual systems and products in greater depth with numerous application specialists.

Mitsubishi Logo                  SMC Logo                   SMAC logo                  Sick Logo

 

MTC MEUK

Mitsubishi Factory Automation Product Manager Barry Weller talking through the many Features and Benefits of using the New IQF and IQR PLC Platforms

 

 

As an added benefit guests were also offered a guided tour of the MTC and given exclusive availability around
their spectacular premises to see up close the latest manufacturing technologies from some of the UK’s most innovative manufacturing businesses

 

CDL are planning to run more similar events throughout 2017 so keep checking our social media feeds, website and Blog for further details regarding future events.

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Mar
05

New – Mitsubishi FR-A800 Frequency Inverter

New from Mitsubishi is the FR-A800 Frequency Inverter which has been designed for unparalleled drive precision, speed control, simple start-up, and versatility.  The Mitsubishi FR-A800 is a new generation of drive technology.

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Mitsubishi’s FR-A800 has some outstanding features which include the integrated high level PLC, USB port for programming and parameter copying, an-easy to-read control panel, optimum power usage and energy saving functions, improved system safety, three expansion slots for a range of option and supported network card.

The FR-A800 Series is fully backwards compatible with the FR-A700 series and its parameters can be easily copied by FR Configurator2. In order to match the former machine response time, the input/output signals of the FR-A800 can be delayed.

The FR-A800 series has some powerful features and intelligent functions which include a two channel emergency stop for safe shutdown. This ensures safe operation in compliance with the European Machinery Directive without installation of another contactor. The FR-A800 thus conforms to the EN ISO13849-1/PLd cat. 3, EN 61508 and EN 61800-5-2 SIL2 standards.

The operation panel with the one touch Digital Dial allows direct access to all important parameters. The FR-A800 series also allows the connection of a Mitsubishi Electric graphical operation terminal (GOT). Communication parameters for the HMI connection are automatically set as a batch.

The FR-A800 has a built in EMC filter which ensures full compliance with European EMC Directive standards (EN 61800-3 2nd environment category C3), so separate certification is not required for the drive.  To suit your application, take advantage of the energy saving function, the impressive savings can be displayed on the energy monitor.  With an estimated lifespan of 10 years, the cooling fans and built in capacitors can be further extended by using the ON/OFF control function

The FR-A800 can be controlled and monitored by a controller via network.  Communication options are available for the major network protocols such as CC-Link IE Field, CC-Link, Profibus DP/DPV1, Profinet/Ether- Net IP/EtherCat (to be released soon) and SSCNETIII/H as well as DeviceNet™ and LONWORKS.  RS485 communication (Mitsubishi Electric drive protocol, Modbus-RTU protocol) is supported as standard.

Mitsubishi FR-A800:-

  • High Speed Response: With a speed response of 50Hz, A800 to respond to a change in motor load. A800 reacts to a speed signal much faster too – between 2 to 3 ms as opposed to 5 to 20 ms with A700.
  • Wide Speed Range: 200:1 speed range open loop, 1500:1 closed loop speed range.
  • Extended Maximum Speed: A standard A800 VFD can drive high speed motors at up to 590Hz, compared to the A700’s 400Hz.
  • IPM Motor Control: Standard A800 VFDs can drive the new generation IPM (Internal Permanent Magnet) motors, such as the Marathon ‘SyMAX’ series.
  • Safety Stop: A800 is a SAFETY drive. “STO” capability enables SIL2 / PLd category emergency stops.
  • Compatible with USB stick: VFD settings can be easily uploaded or downloaded and ‘black box’ operating data at the time of a drive trip can be copied for diagnosis using the FR-Configurator software.
  • GOT interface: Automatic connectivity to GOT 2000 series GOTs without the need to change any parameters.
  • Improved PLC: A800 has a new internal PLC based around the Mitsubishi ‘L series’ processor. Instructions in the form of ‘Function Blocks’ can now be used.
  • Conformal Coating: All A800 VFDs have Conformal Coated boards as standard.

If you would like a brochure emailing over or require a quotation, get in touch !

 

 

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Aug
27

Mitsubishi GOT2000 Graphic Operator Terminals

Mitsubishi Electric UK GOT2000 HMI Series promises improved user-friendliness, expanded functionalities, high cost-efficiency and optimum integration.GOT2000s-1024x739

Introduced in November 2013 at the SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, it replaces the present GOT1000 HMI range, but remains backwardly compatible, its panel sizes are identical and existing programmes can be imported.

These enhanced HMIs deliver genuine perspective on the automation process and provide a platform to solve the typical production problems that drive down OEE. With their enhanced functionality, these HMIs provide additional features that will help to reduce downtime, enable fast recovery from simple errors, increase availability and boost production efficiency.

Having inbuilt Ethernet communications means users can operate the GOT2000 remotely from a PC (VNC Server) or even from a tablet or portable terminal. An MES interface option enables the GOT2000 to transmit data collected from PLCs and other automation devices directly to higher level system databases, eliminating the need for gateway PCs or complex programming.

The GT27 series which are the successors to the GT16 range are characterised by an intuitive operating concept with multi-touch function and gesture control. The HMIs from the GT23 series offer a balanced price/performance ratio.

Advanced functionality

The GOT2000 series is designed to optimise operator control and monitoring of device and line status.  The increased performance includes, advanced functions, seamless connectivity to other automation devices and intuitive programming and operation. The high quality graphics of GOT2000 series offer crisp well defined images whether enlarged or reduced in size, and it supports a library of outline fonts and multi-language formats. Selected models also feature tablet-like multi-touch gestures, and will also worked with gloved hands.

Mitsubishi Electric is now offering its GOT 2000 IP67f without a USB connection on the white front panel for the first time in direct response to requirements from the food industry.  GOT2000 includes connectivity with most popular automation equipment including Siemens and Allen Bradley.

Please contact us if you would like a brochure or quotation.

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